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Work woes: 78% Mauritians report greater stress since downturn

Work woes: 78% Mauritians report greater stress since downturn

However, workers also indicated that flexible working conditions can help ease work-related stress, with as many as 96% of employees rooting for mobile working.

A whopping 78% of Mauritius workers reported seeing more stress-related illness since the downturn, according to the latest survey from Regus, the global workplace provider.

But, all hope is not lost yet. Workers indicated that flexible working conditions can help ease work-related stress, with as many as 96% of employees rooting for mobile working.

The latest study found that well over one third (41%) of Mauritius workers are actually losing sleep worrying about work. This is lower than the global average however, as Regus research in 2012 identified that 48% of respondents globally felt their stress levels had risen in the past year.

And, for those who feel stress at the workplace is a necessary evil, just a word of caution: do not take it lightly. Stress-related illness can worsen or cause a whole series of health conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.

The survey, canvassing the opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries, also found that in South East Africa stress is causing a worrying increase in absenteeism (73%) damaging business productivity as well as worker well-being.

Among unavoidable side effects of recession, as many as 47% of respondents are worried about losing their job, while 33% feel less confident about the sector they work in.

Also, workers alone do not suffer, but their stress takes its toll on family, friends and colleagues too. As many as 43% of respondents report that their family and friends have noticed they are stressed by work and 63% say that stress is damaging their co-worker’s personal relationships.

Joanne Bushell, a Vice President at Regus, attributed the sombre survey findings to difficult economic times in the West and an unprecedented rate of growth in emerging economies having put a strain on businesses and their employees.

“Workers are expected to do more with less, and this has taken its toll to the point many are close to burn-out,” she noted.

“Proactive businesses that address stress in their workforce are likely to end up with a healthier workforce and reduced absenteeism,” she concluded.

Founded in 1989, Regus is a Luxembourg-based global workplace provider with a network of more than 1,700 business centres in 100 countries providing convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces to companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline.

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